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1917 is one of the most dramatic and nerve wracking films of the last few years, released to great acclaim towards the end of 2019. Directed by Sam Mendes (and supposedly based in part on the war stories his grandfather told him), it focuses on two soldiers who have to get a message to a battalion in another part of the front line to avoid them falling into a deadly trap. However, their route is full of dangers and time is limited.

There are several remarkable aspects to 1917. Firstly, it is pretty much depicted in real time which gives the action a strong sense of forward momentum as the two soldiers battle the clock. In addition, the film is (via a few tricks) shown as one continuous take - which again creates a vitality and immediacy. Finally, the world’s greatest cinematographer, Roger Deakins, offers some stunning shots and scenes, full of nightmarish visions and breathtaking suspense.

The two soldiers in question are well played by Dean-Charles Chapman and George MacKay but the film is also bolstered by a very impressive supporting cast, including Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth and Mark Strong.

We are conscious of the very different situation we find ourselves in during Covid-19 restrictions and safety is our main concern. So, we’re doing things differently in line with government guidelines. We are having having a single showing with 60 seats only. This will allow plenty of space between seats, enabling social distancing. Seats will be spaced out but we will allow groups to move seats and sit together as appropriate. We will also have a system to avoid congestion. When you arrive, please go straight into the auditorium, filling up from the front. Unfortunately, we’re not be able to provide refreshments, but please feel free to bring your own. The bar will be open upstairs and there will also be plenty of hand sanitiser available. Face masks are not compulsory but of course it is fine if you want to wear one.

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